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Truthwitch (The Witchlands Series) Hardcover – 14 Jan 2016

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  • Hardcover: 416 pages
  • Publisher: Tor; Main Market Ed. edition (14 Jan. 2016)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1447282043
  • ISBN-13: 978-1447282044
  • Product Dimensions: 15.3 x 3.3 x 23.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (41 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 259,702 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Truthwitch by Susan Dennard is like a cake stuffed full of your favourite fantasy treats: highway robbery, swordplay, deep friendships, treachery, magic, piracy on the high seas, and romance. If you like any or all of the above in the fantasy tales, this book will delight you (Robin Hobb)

Make room on your all-time favourites shelf: Truthwitch is an instant new classic. It reminded me of why I started reading fantasy in the first place: its fierce and vibrant world, richly-drawn characters, and dazzling intrigue harkens to the best of Megan Whalen Turner, Robin Hobb, and Jacqueline Carey. And while it pays homage to the epic fantasies that have come before it, it also lays the foundation for a bright new chapter in the genre...Do not miss out! (Sarah J. Maas)

Featuring vibrant characters and an innovative system of magic, Susan Dennard's Truthwitch is a fast-paced adventure and a wonderful tribute to the power of the binding ties of friendship (Jacqueline Carey)

Truthwitch has all of the elements I savour - a richly imagined magical world, ruthless politics, steamy romance, and characters who grab you and won't let go (Cinda Williams Chima)

Truthwitch has it all, strong female characters, adventure, magic, romance, and non-stop action that will leave you breathless (Maria V. Snyder)

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The first title in an exciting new fantasy series by Susan Dennard

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There’s a lot to like about Truthwitch. The lead characters are engaging, the world-building is pretty good, the tale’s a fast-moving adventure romp that the reader can read without too much difficulty.

Much of your liking of the book will depend on whether you like Safiya and Iseult (or as they soon become, ‘Safi’ and ‘Iz’). They are young girls who are clearly good friends, and care for each other very much. They work together well, and their relationship is one of the obvious strengths of the book. It is for this that I can see that many readers, and authors such as Robin Hobb and Sarah J. Maas, would enjoy the plot. It is a tale that is unashamedly romantic, thanks to the presence of ‘I love him – but hate him’ Prince Merik. He seems dashing and loyal and someone who Safi flipflops in her feelings towards, which makes for sometimes entertaining dialogue.

The plot itself is quite entertaining and generally well done. Its strength here is that it is easily identifiable as a tale of loyalty, betrayal and revenge, of chasing and being chased, which readers do not have to ponder about for too long. The worldbuilding, creating a world where people have magical powers of sorts – to foretell the future and determine whether someone is telling the truth, to control water, to fly using wind, to follow someone by the scent of their blood – is an interesting one that is used to good effect.

But then… there’s clunky elements, misplaced attempts at humour that don’t work (always a tricky one) and dialogue that at times caused such major cringing that it threatened to depose me of my involvement in an imagined setting. In places the characters over-react wildly, from one minute trying to kill each other to in another being unable to live without each other.
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I have been reading Fantasy novels for a very long time. Over recent years I have seen an unpleasant tendancy to make the heroes darker, they are thieves, assassins or just generally nasty types. Gone are the heroes that Tolkien, Jordan and the earlier Eddings created. With this in mind I start off with low expectations of any new book. At last in Susan Dennard I have a new fantasy author who has returned to a more civilised heroine.
Most reviewers seem to spend time describing the story, Well, briefly the two young witches (and in this book everyone is a witch with different powers to affect particular areas such as wind or iron etc) make a mistake and upset a powerful guild master. One of the withches has a rare and valuable power. She is now being hunted by a particularly nasty male witch and so the story starts.
Let me tell you that from the start we have chances, narrow escapes tension, the start of a romance and plenty of sword swinging action in a tale of a long chase. The evil ones are suitably evil wthout becoming stomach churning so. The magic is different but works. The good ones are good but with failings and that is how I like it.
The story ends at a good point but it is only the first installment and the characters are left in various places and states. All I can say is Susan Dennard, please don't keep it going too long, I will not be alive to read the end. Robert Jordan made that mistake.
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By Paul Tapner TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 25 Nov. 2015
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A young adult fantasy novel. Recommended reading age would be thirteen and up. Thanks to some mild violence. It is good enough to be enjoyed by older readers as well.

It's the start of a series, which means it's one of those books that ends with lots left hanging.

It runs for four hundred and twelve pages. And is divided into forty chapters.

There's a map of the setting at the start. Which is a place called the Witchlands. A land of three empires and several smaller kingdoms.

The witchlands lives up to it's name. Because many people there have special abilities. They are witches. The two main characters are witches. Teenage girls Safiya and Iseult. When we first meet them, they're both living out on their own with nobody other than each other, and robbing bad people in order to get by.

They have to live outside society because Safiya is a Truthwitch. Someone who can tell when a person is lying. The first truthwitch in a long time. And it's a very prized ability. She's somewhat headstrong. Iseult is a Threadwitch, who can see the possibilities of life. She's a more calm and thoughtful and collected individual. But the two are bonded together, and would rather die than be separated.

This has a wonderful opening as we meet them when a heist goes wrong. It's all seen through Safiya's eyes as viewpoint character. It's a supremely readable opening few pages that really throws you into the world, introduces you to the leads, and gives you some exposition. But never leaves you stranded. And also really engages. It's fast entertaining and fun, and feels like an exciting caper.

But this is a more ambitious novel than something like that.
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I enjoyed this book so much. Its quite a long young adukt series

The start did take me a bit to get into as your thrown in on the action straight off and it took me a while to get the characters straight. So would give it a few chapters to get into it. This would probably be my only critasim though. Oh and at times as it jumps from character perspectives you can lose track of where everyone's at. This happened about twice both times in battle scenes. So not sure if I skipped an important sentence of if the author forgot to say but will see if I feel the same after a re-read.

Every main character I felt such a connection with their motivations felt so real. As Safi and Iseult as are so diffrent one impulsive and one controlled it's nice to read from each girls perspective to get a better understanding of each girl. It also helps as each girls witchery can only be seen and felt by them. The other perspectives help keep everything fresh. The characters are what makes this book so enjoyable so if you don't like them you will end up hating this book.

I like that this story's not a straightforward good and bad, black and white type of story. Every time you think you know where it's going more is revealed to you and you realise you were wrong. It keeps you excited to see where it's going. Though this book does have its problems I'm excited to see how this story continues.
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